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How to Turn a Temporary Position into a Full-time Job

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Temporary positions are a great way to try out a company (if you’re the employee) and try out the employee (if you’re the hiring company). If you’re a temp employee looking for full-time work, below are some tips to maximize your time at your temp job.

Do your research

First of all, find out if the temporary job has the possibility of turning into a full-time employment opportunity. Then, be sure that you are working in a position that your training qualifies you for and in which you would like to function in the future.

Get to know the company and its best people

Learn what the company is all about, from its vision down to the details of executing business. In the meantime, don’t forget about the many hard-working business owners, partners, managers and everyday employees and what they have to share. 

Go above and beyond

Each day, give 110% because how you start is a great indication for possible future employers about what kind of work they can expect from you. Be willing to ask questions but also be willing to take the ball and run with it when needed.  Be available to pitch in wherever needed and voice that availability to those around you.

Communicate your interest in full-time employment

In a positive and tactful way, communicate your desire to work for the company to the hiring manager, your immediate manager and us. Be flexible with how it plays out. You may try something like, “Wow! I never imagined I’d enjoy working for a company so much” or “I would jump at an opportunity to be part of this company’s team on a full-time basis.”

Of course, not every temporary job results in a full-time one, but being invested in the company and exceeding expectations while you’re there go a long way in making you a front-runner at hiring time.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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The Dos and Don’ts for Social Media When You Are Job Hunting

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When you are on the hunt for a new job, it is important to remember that many potential employers will look up your social media accounts at some point during the hiring process. Often times, the potential employer will look up your accounts before the interview process to get an idea of what sort of person you are.

Depending on what you have on your social media accounts, it could hurt or help your chances of getting hired. It is important that you filter what is shown on your social media accounts while you are actively looking for a new job. The following are some dos and don’ts regarding your social media accounts that may help you secure the position that you are after.

Do: Google Yourself

By performing a Google search on yourself, you will have an idea of what information a potential employer may be seeing about you. You may find information on yourself that you would not want a potential employer seeing. This will give you a starting point on what to clean off of your social media accounts.

Do: Use Proper Grammar when Posting

Many potential employers will check your social media posts to see how you present yourself. They will want to see what type of language skills you have, your spelling, and grammar. Typically they will also look to see if you speak poorly of others, bad mouth your current or past employers, or frequently complain.

Do: Follow and “Like” Companies you want to Work For

Many companies have a social media presence, either through Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to like or follow the companies you want to work for on your social media accounts. Be interactive with them. Post thoughtful, knowledgeable comments or share interesting articles that are related to that field. Many potential employers recruit from social media and will notice the effort you have put in.

Don’t: Display Any Extreme or Controversial Beliefs

A potential employer may reconsider hiring you if they find evidence of bigotry, extreme religious beliefs, or even unsavory humor. The employer will want to keep the workplace free of extreme or controversial topics and therefore may not hire you if they feel that you would bring issues to the job.

Don’t: Showcase Unprofessional Pictures of Yourself

When posting pictures of yourself, you may want to consider if it is a picture you would show to your grandparents before you post it for the world to see. Potential employers do not want to see you using drugs or drinking heavily. You may even want to dial it back on the risqué photos that include you in a bikini or skimpy outfit.

Keep in mind, social media accounts come with privacy settings. If you still want to continue posting material that potential employers may not want to see, then be sure your privacy settings will only display them to the people you choose.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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What Do You Need to Consider When Using Temporary Employees?

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Most business owners will eventually come to a point where they need to hire short-term employees. The process for doing this doesn’t have to be long or difficult. Staffing agencies, like ourselves, can make your hiring process a breeze, but there are still a few things to consider before you hire.

The Cost of Hiring

When you bring a new employee into your business, you probably don’t think about what the hiring process costs. You have the expense of job ads or fairs, the cost of your time to look through resumes, fees associated with background checks, and the expenditure of training a new staff member. For a savvy business owner, it doesn’t make sense to spend so much on a short-term investment.

Fortunately, because temporary employees don’t require the same benefits as permanent employees, it’s typically cheaper to hire temps for short-term assignments. Plus, if you hire from us, we will handle the employee’s background check, all necessary paperwork, and payroll. This will allow you to save both time and money.

Types of Short-Term Workers

While you may be under the impression that contractors and temporary employees are the same thing, there is one very important reason to understand the distinction: there are legal implications of hiring each. Because contractors are not considered employees, you won’t be responsible for providing them with benefits or even paying taxes for unemployment.

Temporary employees, on the other hand, are treated similarly to any other employee. While benefits that must be provided vary from state to state, you will most likely be required to offer unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation, and to pay Social Security taxes.

Safety Concerns

Whenever a new staff member comes on board, it’s important to make safety a priority for everyone. For jobs that can be dangerous, special care should be taken to ensure that the temporary employee has all of the necessary safety training in order to perform their job tasks. Never assume that your new worker has been in identical conditions previously and knows exactly what to do in the event of a hazardous situation.

Needing a temporary employee isn’t a bad thing– it’s often a sign that your company is growing. As long as you research good hiring practices and ensure that your temporary employee is an adequate fit for your business, the whole experience can be good for all parties involved.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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How to Build a LinkedIn that Makes a Good First Impression

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Having a profile on LinkedIn can be the perfect tool for people looking to network within their profession, or even search for new jobs. Anyone who looks at your LinkedIn profile will likely be judging you based on the content and its appearance. Making a good first impression on your profile is important and could make the difference when you’re job hunting or trying to make a new business contact.

Here are some tips to improve your LinkedIn profile and make a good first impression.

Add a Strong Profile Picture: Often your profile picture will be the first thing that a person notices on your profile. Do not settle for the gray avatar that comes standard with the profile. Instead, use the most professional looking photo of yourself you have. If you do not have a professional photo, then someone to get a head shot and remember to smile.

Standout with your Headline: After your profile picture, your headline will be the next thing that is noticed by those visiting your profile. You may want to create a headline that will directly relate to the audience you want to target. If you want to have your profile be searchable, then you will want to include certain important keywords in your headline. Remember, the headline is important but keep it simple. Ten words or less will be sufficient.

Add Achievements to the Summary Field: It is important that potential employers or business contacts know what makes you stand out from the rest: your professional achievements. While deciding what some of your biggest achievements are, keep in mind the audience you want to target. Tailor which achievements get listed based on that audience. Feel free to add any media files that will showcase your achievements or talents. That can include any videos where you are a presenter, a screenshot of positive testimonials about your work, or any other media files that are relevant.

Be Thorough: Be sure to fill out as much as you can. Keep the information geared towards the audience you are targeting. Be sure to add keywords to your profile that target either the type of job you are seeking or the type of people you would like to network with. These keywords will help make your profile standout to that audience.  When filing out your work history, keep your information limited to those jobs that are relevant to what your goals are for your career.

You will also want to fill-in the sections regarding any volunteer work you have done, your skill set, and education to show what type of person you are. 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

What is Light Industrial Work and What Skills are Required?

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When a job seeker sees the term “light industrial,” they may imagine huge industries, complicated machines, hardhats and a lot of physical labor. Although these jobs are in the industrial sector, meaning they have to do with manufacturing, there are other positions that do not require using heavy machinery, much physical strength or extensive skill sets.

Some of the jobs include:

  • Warehouse
  • Production 
  • Order fulfillment, packaging and shipping
  • Maintenance
  • Assembly 

For people with more experience and specific types of training, other options include driving a forklift or other light machinery, welding, food item production and printing and binding work. In some states, welding and forklift driving require certification and licenses.

Having a strong work ethic and the ability to self motivate are a must. You will not have a supervisor hanging over you to make sure you do everything on time every day. After a training period, you will be solely responsible for getting the job done properly and on time.

In many light industrial settings, your rate of speed and ability to get a task done on time directly affects other workers and their ability to complete their responsibilities. This is especially true for warehouse work and production line positions. 

Although most of these positions do not require much physical strength, you may be required to lift a certain number of pounds safely in order to do the job. Some of these positions may require you to be on your feet walking around for a large part of the day.

Most positions require the ability to do simple mathematics, read, write and understand English, while others require the skill and understanding to operate necessary computer programs and machinery.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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How to Motivate Employees Around the Holidays

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Before you know it, the holiday season will be in full swing. It’s that time of year when people think about their families, travel, and upcoming celebrations. It can be difficult to stay focused on work. As an employer, you can find creative ways to keep the spirit of the season alive while everyone continues to focus on work.

Don’t be a Scrooge

Getting tough on your staff during the holiday season is the worst move you could make. You’ll only make everyone reluctant to be productive. Address your employees in a positive manner, whether you are speaking to them directly or sending out written communication. Be sure to compliment excellent performance. Offer incentives that will make your staff eager to do their best. When you are committed to treating your workforce well, you will receive the same in return.

Break Out the Refreshments in the Staff Room

Food goes a long way when it comes to making people happy. Bringing in an assortment of holiday donuts and hot beverages will make your staff feel appreciated. In addition to supplying your own refreshments, set up a sign-up sheet so people can do a potluck for lunch or breakfast. Throughout the holiday months of November and December, make it a weekly event that your staff can plan and enjoy. They’ll look forward to unwinding, chatting, and sharing a tasty treat before they get back to work.

Decorate for the Season

Add a decorative touch to the workplace. You can do it yourself or put an enthusiastic member of your staff in charge of bringing in the holiday cheer. When you lift the spirits of your employees by creating an inviting atmosphere, you make it easier for everyone to come to work.

Host a Party

No holiday season is complete without a party. Your employees work hard for you throughout the year and you want to recognize their efforts. You can plan a party at the job site or book a venue. Pull out the stops and give your employees the royal treatment. When you make them feel like they matter, you are more likely to have a loyal staff that will remain with your business through thick and through thin.

You’ll also motivate your employees to give you their best during the holidays and throughout the year. Be sure to join in the fun with your staff as you celebrate the season together.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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Working Outdoors This Winter? Be Prepared

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If you are going to be working outdoors in extreme cold, you need to dress appropriately. Whether you are going to be exposed to the elements for a brief period of time or you will be spending hours fighting with cold, you need to take the same precautions. It only takes minutes to be affected by hypothermia and frostbite. 

Pay Attention to the Forecast

Be aware of what is going on when it comes to weather. Pay close attention to the forecast and be concerned about more than just the temperature. Damp conditions and the wind could affect you as well. If you are going to be in direct contact with cold surfaces throughout your shift, you are going to feel the cold more than you would otherwise. Once you know exactly what you’re dealing with, you can plan accordingly.

Dress in Layers

Your mother knew best when she sent you outside bundled up from head to toe. You need to wear the proper material. If cotton gets wet, you will no longer have insulation. Other fabrics will continue to provide insulation even if they get damp, such as synthetic material, wool, and silk.

Wear layers. You can always remove any excess if the conditions permit. You’ll be out of luck if you don’t have enough. Your first layer should be material that will remove moisture through wicking. Long underwear that is made from synthetic material is a good option. Your next layer should provide insulation, such as another synthetic fabric or wool. Your final layer should protect you from the wind and from getting wet. Make sure your clothing isn’t too tight. Otherwise, you’ll feel overheated and want to peel off the clothing that is keeping you safe.

Don’t Forget the Extras

Your cold weather gear won’t be complete without a hat that won’t let heat escape from your head, insulated footwear, and quality gloves that are intended for the extreme cold. You need to cover as much of your skin as possible to stay warm and avoid the damaging effects of low temperatures. Consider a balaclava mask as well. It slips over your head and covers your entire face, with the exception of your eyes. Balaclavas are usually made of a synthetic material to ward off moisture and are popular with snowmobile riders and skiers.

Keep a Supply of Extra Clothing on Hand

When you head off to work, keep a duffel bag with extra clothing in your vehicle. Include a complete change of clothing, down to your socks and underwear, as well as your outer gear. You’ll be covered no matter what Mother Nature throws at you each day.

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or the right employees for you.

No matter where you are in your job search, whether you’re just starting out or you’re just looking for a better opportunity, Forge Industrial Staffing has hundreds of positions to meet every need. Experience the Forge difference today and see how we are Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.

Apply online at: forgestaff.com/apply

Employers can learn more at: forgestaff.com/clients

 

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